October 2017

  • Linking Family Planning and Global Development

    Betty Mbolanyi

    Uganda Ministry of Water and Environment, Directorate of Environment Affairs | Environmentalist and Population, Health, and Environment Focal Person
    Delegates at the closing ceremony of the Regional PHE Symposium 2017

    Delegates at the closing ceremony of the Regional PHE Symposium 2017. Photo: Favour Studios Kampala

    Worldwide, Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) is a leading force for addressing and linking issues related to conservation and health. The PHE approach acknowledges and addresses the complex connections between people, their health, and their environment. Today, integrated PHE programming has especially gained momentum in the East Africa Community region and is being applied to concerns as wide-ranging as climate change and food security, especially at the household level.

  • Ruwaida Salem

    CCP | Associate Managing Editor, Global Health: Science and Practice

    Natalie Culbertson

    CCP | Managing Editor, Global Health: Science and Practice Journal

    We’re excited to roll out some changes at Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP), our peer-reviewed, open-access online journal published by the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) with support from USAID. Updates include adding new editors to our editorial team and launching a new look and feel for our website.

  • Daniel Adero

    CCP | Knowledge Management Specialist
    PHE Symposium delegate signing

    Paul Mahabi, Director of Environment for Uganda’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, leads the Regional PHE Symposium 2017 delegates in signing symposium resolutions. Looking on is Mr. Telly Eugene Muramira, LVBC’s Deputy Executive Secretary for Projects and Programs.

    In late September, over 90 delegates convened in Entebbe, Uganda as representatives to the Regional Population, Health & Environment (PHE) Symposium 2017. A follow-up to the 2015 PHE conference held in Kisumu, Kenya, the Symposium’s primary purpose was to take stock of PHE policy and programming contributions in East Africa toward achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This Symposium, organized by Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) in collaboration with USAID Kenya and East Africa, K4Health, and PRB, commenced under the theme Enhancing Resiliency and Economic Development through Strengthened PHE Programming.

  • Joanne Kochuk

    FHI 360 | Senior Technical Officer, Contraceptive Technology Innovation
    CTI contraceptive development

    We have begun to realize that to achieve uptake and user satisfaction, contraceptive method acceptability must be integrated into the product development cycle.

    This piece was originally published by the CTI Exchange blog, Exchanges.

    While contraceptive technology development rightly focuses on product safety and efficacy, we continually learn—sometimes the hard way—that acceptability factors play a major role in determining whether women or men use family planning (FP) methods over the long-term. Research on method acceptability is both complex and nuanced since members of the study population – current or potential contraceptive users – bring unique life situations, country context, product preferences and tolerance levels to the discussion. Recently, the CTI Exchange invited several thought leaders to share their insights on this important topic in a recently completed blog series.

  • Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy

    Melanie Yahner

    Save the Children | Senior Specialist for Sexual and Reproductive Health

    Katrin DeCamp

    MCSP/Jhpiego | Senior Communications Specialist

    Wendy Castro

    Save the Children | Senior Specialist, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

    This piece was originally published by USAID's Maternal and Child Survival Program.

    Sixteen-year-old Aisha Lausali (right) after delivering her first child at a hospital in Gusau, Nigeria.

    Sixteen-year-old Aisha Lausali (right) after delivering her first child at a hospital in Gusau, Nigeria. (Courtesy of Karen Kasmauski/MCHIP)

    Thirteen million adolescents will give birth this year. And their challenges won’t end with delivery – these first-time and young parents (FT/YP) face unique risks that we must meet to help end preventable child and maternal deaths in a generation.

    Here’s what we know: women under age 20 are twice as likely to die in childbirth as women over 20. Early pregnancies limit educational achievement and income-generation potential, and they increase the risk of poor health outcomes for both young mothers and their children.